Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Equal Opportunity EmployerThe Illinois Department of Agriculture is an Equal Opportunity Employer that will, within its mandate in an effective and efficient manner, strive to ensure equal employment opportunities and provide a positive affirmative action program. Decisions regarding recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, layoff, and awarding of benefits will be made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin/ancestry status, disability, age, marital status, military status, unfavorable discharge from military status, arrest record or citizenship status. The Department of Agriculture will take action to correct the underutilization of minorities, females, and persons with disability in all levels of employment.


Information about filing a complaint can be found on the Illinois Department of Human Right's website.


Meat and Poultry Inspection Program:

Any person who believes he or she, or any specific class of individuals, has been subjected to discrimination by the Illinois Meat and Poultry Inspection Program or believes the Program is otherwise in noncompliance with applicable civil rights requirements may file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). A complainant has 180 days from the date of the alleged discriminatory action or the time that they became aware of it to file a program discrimination complaint with USDA.

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Director, Center for Civil Rights Enforcement
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250-9410
Telephone: (866) 632-9992 (Voice and TDD)
Federal relay (800) 877-8339
Spanish relay (800) 845-6136